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benedict xvi making his final official speech to the public before stepping down just over 24 hours from now. at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow, he becomes the first pope in centuries to resign. and he's leaving behind a vatican really at a cross roads. the catholic church facing difficult challenges and also opportunities as it moves forward. now, as i say, usually when there's a transition and we've covered it so many times, well, not so many times, but the last one i was here, and that was because a pope died. john paul ii died after living his last years infirmed and in visible pain. now we have a transition, we have a living pope. you're not watching a funeral before the next pope is elected. you're not watching the world's heads of state come here to pay their respects to the departed pope. you're seeing a much different kind of transition. john al whlen, what is pope benedict going to do the rest of the day? >> normally the wednesday audience, the pope gives religious instruction rooted in scripture. but today i would imagine that knowing the momentous nature of what's happening, it's probabl
now pope benedict xvi will officially become emeritus pope. cbs reporter vinita nair joins us live from the vatican with more on today's historic event. good afternoon. >> reporter: good afternoon. it's interesting. in a way today is the first day of the week that we have been here that really feels somber and i think that's what the pope had intended. he said he wanted today to be quiet, of course, after his retirement today he intends to sort of remove himself from the world. he wants to pray, he wants to meditate first. but earlier today, he had the opportunity to meet with his college of cardinals and give them some important messages. >>> reporter: cardinals stood and clapped for pope benedict xvi as met with them at the vatican ahead of his historic resignation. the pontiff blessed them and promised to show unconditional reverence and obedience to the next pope. the 85-year-old called for the church to remain united and said he would continue to support cardinals in prayer. pope benedict gave an emotional farewell to 150,000 people in st. p
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the gunman worked at the plant. >>> human crowd at the vatican today to witness pope benedict xvi's final hours as head of the catholic church. it's a big couple of days. vinita nair joins us live from the vatican with more on the pope's sendoff and his retirement. good afternoon. >> reporter: good afternoon, it's a beautiful day here in rome. keep in mind, we're a lot of hours ahead for this general audience that wrapped up about three hours ago from where we are now but it was an unusual one in the sense that the pope traditionally takes this time to talk to tourists and followers about the catholic religion. but today he made it very personal aware that this was his last public audience. ♪ [ music ]♪ >> reporter: pope benedict rode through st. peter's square in his trademark popemobile for the last time. he kissed babies and waved to tens of thousands of people who gathered to see him. the 85-year-old delivered his final message after serving nearly 8 years as pontiff. pope benedict told the crowd he will keep the faithful in his prayers and has
learn today that the outgoing pope benedict will be called -- what he will be called after he is pope and what life will be like for him, because afr all, remember, an abdicating pope is all new territory for the catholic church. nbc's anne thompson remains at the vatican for us tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. they are already closing off the streets around st. peter's square in anticipation of the huge crowds for pope benedict's final audience tomorrow. the cardinals who will elect his successor have started to arrive, including controversial american cardinal roger mahoney, who is here despite calls for him to stay home because of his role in shielding sexually abusive priests in los angeles. these final days for benedict have been very difficult. he's seen a cardinal forced to resign, intense speculation over an internal investigation into leaked documents. but today the news was all about his new life. in retirement, he will be called pope emeritus. he will still wear white, just a simple cap and not the cape we're used to seeing. his red shoes will
the predecessor to pope benedict, and now a media outlet who some believe play a role in why pope benedict is stepping down. his last day is thursday after which the college of cardinals will gather to choose a new pope. they'll be accompanied by open, loud controversy. today, we learned the archbishop of scotland will be stepping down after allegations he made unwanted sexual advances to priests in training. cardinal roger mahony also of los angeles will be part of the conclave despite damming new revelations of his handling of pedophile priests over the year. victims and others say mahony shouldn't be part of cardinals choosing a new pope, but in addition to those two scandals, there are those explosive allegations about what may have been going on behind the scenes in vatican city. >> reporter: i will not abandon the church, benedict told the faithful in st. peter's square sunday, to the tens of thousands who listened and applauded, it was a sentimental farewell. but to investigative newspaper journalist, who has delved into alleged wrong doing at the vatican, benedict's words carried d
for that company. >>> tens of thousands of people are at the vatican right now for pope benedict xvi's final hours as the head of the catholic church. this is a live look at the scene in vatican city. the 85-year-old delivered his last message to followers after serving nearly 8 years as pope. vinita nair has more on the sendoff and the process to replace him. >> reporter: pope benedict rode through st. peter's square in his trademark popemobile for the last time. he kissed babies and waved to tens of thousands of people who gathered to see him. the 85-year-old delivered his final message after serving nearly 8 years as pontiff. pope benedict told the crowd he will keep faithful in his prayers and has great trust in the future of the church. tomorrow he will become the first pope to abdicate in 600 years. this group of pilgrims took a bus from germany to rome. vatican officials say even in his retirement pope benedict will be known as emeritus pope son when a new pontiff is elected there will be two popes living just yards away from each other in vatican c
. there is a string of child sex abuse scandals surrounding some of those who will choose a successor to pope benedict and now a surprising allegations against a top british cardinal that some media outlets believe play some role in why the pope is stepping down, the first pope in nearly 600 years to do so. pope benedict's last day is thursday after which the college of cardinals will meet to pick a new pope. as always they gather in secrecy and this time it is accompanied by open, loud controversy. today we learned the arch beneficiary off of scotland is stepping down after allegations he made unmented sexual advances allegedly to priests in training. he was supposed to be part of the conclave and now he will not be. cardinal roger ma money i will be part of the conclave despite allegations of about his handles and victims say he should not be part of the group of cardinals saying it sends a terrible message. in addition to those two scandals there are explosive allegations about what may have been going on behind the scenes in vatican city. more on that now from ben wedeman. >> i will not abandon th
. >> new identity. more work tomorrow. >> thanks. c "cnn newsroom" continues after this. >>> pope benedict xvi last week at the vatican, no short of drama, of course. a cardinal from scott atlanta now resigning over inappropriate behavior. >>> and the reports of blackmail, sex parties and abuse. >>> they were out sailing but their boat reportedly sank. four people, including two young children, are missing. the search off the coast of california. >>> and he is now back in the spotlight. notre dame linebacker manti te'o, he's asking nfl teams, judge his skills, not his personal life. this is "cnn newsroom," i'm suzanne malveaux. >>> 35 million americans dealing with a crippling blizzard, a winter storm from colorado to texas. second major storm to hammer the region in a week. so, this is what it looks like. in is amarillo, texas, whiteout conditions now closing roads, even forcing the state to pull its snowplows off the roads. emergency crews having some trouble actually reaching stranded drivers. in wichita, texas -- kansas, rather, schools are closed for a third day. parts of the city cou
. >> reporter: i will not abandon the church, benedict told the faithful in st. peter's square sunday to the tens of thousands who listened and applauded, it was a sentimental farewell. but to investigative newspaper journalist who has delved into alleged wrongdoing at the vatican, benedict's words carried different significance. "this does not mean to abandon. it means to fight," she says. "last sunday he said we are fighting against the temptations of power." temptations that may have proven too strong for some. she is one of two journalists who have reported on allegations of vatican corruption and blackmail, of gay clergy members by male prostitutes. damning headlines in "the rome daily," "sex and blackmailed careers are behind benedict xvi's resignation. compromised perhaps to senior levels, says a writer for "the newsweekly panorama." cardinals? >> si, cardinals. >> reporter: the details allegedly contained in a secret dossier prepared by three cardinals containing leaked and highly sensitive vatican documents. he says he believes attempts by pope benedict at reform were stymied
department. >>> the other big story this morning pope benedict xvi spoke to thousands this morning as he made his final public appearance in st. peter's square as the pope. vinita nair joins us now live from the vatican with more on this sendoff to retirement. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we're a full nine hours later near rome so sort of good afternoon here. but it was a very exciting day here in rome. about 150,000 people packed into st. peter's square and it was an emotional farewell to the pope. pope benedict rode through the popemobile for the last time. he kissed babies and waved to tens of thousands who gathered to see him. the 85-year-old delivered his final message after serving nearly 8 years as pontiff. pope benedict told the crowd he will keep the faithful in his prayers and has great trust in the future of the church. tomorrow he will become the first pope to abdicate in 600 years. this group of pilgrims from the pope's home country of germany took an overnight bus to rome. he says, it's a historic event naturally we want to b
in the heartland. >>> final blessing. the enormous crowd to hear pope benedict deliver his last public words of prayer. this as more cardinals are asked today to skip the election of a new pope. >>> and the academy awards, the show stopping finale. the brand new host. >> the biggest challenge is going to be getting there on time. i think it starts at 5:30. >> and meet the only two people on earth who already know who the winners are. >> good evening, everyone. thank you so much for joining us on this spd night. i'm paula faris. davis mur is on assignment. we begin with the dramatic start to the nascar season. the stadium packed with 167,000 fans for the celebrated daytona 500 today. they were there to watch jimmie johnson cross the finish line and take the season's first prize. but in the back of their minds, there were these images of the terrifying end to yesterday's preliminary race. a spin-out involving a dozen cars. one mangled car smashing into the fence and breaking into pieces. some pieces striking fans and injuring 28 people. after a frantic night repairing all of that damage, today
. lester? >> michelle, thanks. >>> tomorrow at the vatican, pope benedict xvi will offer a final public blessing before he retires next thursday. as cardinals gather for the election of a new pope, the vatican today was sharply critical of a wave of reports in the italian media. nbc's anne thompson is at the vatican. good evening to you. >> reporter: good evening, lester. it was an unusually strong rebuke from the vatican for going after the media for running false news reports, they claim, to influence the election of the next pope. now, this pushback came after several unsourced stories in an italian newspaper this week claim pope benedict decided to resign after receiving a secret report in december outlining corruption and misconduct inside the vatican. church officials here denied that story and today the vatican secretary of state issued a statement saying, it is deplorable that there are unverified, unverifiable, and completely false news stories that harm persons or institutions. now, while all this was going on, pope benedict after his week-long lenten retreat was getting back
benedict. instead the world is seeing the darker side of the church, the in-fighting and scandals that today claimed britain's highest-ranking catholic. for scotland's cardinal o'brien, the end came with astonishing swiftness. today o'brien resigned and said he will not attend the conclave to elect a new pope. the first cardinal in history to stay away, because of a personal scandal. sunday, a british newspaper published accusations by three priests and a former priest that o'brien engaged in inappropriate behavior with them, going back to the 1980s. >> holy father accepted the resignation -- >> reporter: 24 hours later, pope benedict accepted o'brien's resignation as archbishop of saint andrews and edinborough. >> quite upsetting. >> the catholic church is in quite a bit of turmoil. >> reporter: o'brien denied the claims and said in a statement today, for any failures, i apologize to all whom i've offended. >> the one who handed me over to you -- >> reporter: just last week, o'brien spoke out about the american cardinal, mahoney under pressure to sit out the conclave because he s
them as a group for the last time. at 8:00 this morning, pacific time, pope benedict xvi will get on a helicopter. he will fly to a retreat outside of rome. that's where he will officially resign later today. brian flow remembers joining us live at st. mary's cathedral in san francisco where a special mass will be held to thank benedict for his life of service. brian? >> reporter: hi, dave. yeah, a special mass indeed, good morning to you. several bay area catholics will be taking part in the thanksgiving masses this morning starting in about an hour here. we're live at st. mary's where one of the services will be held. it's unknown how many catholics will be attending. but the service is expected to give thanks to pope benedict's eight years as pope and pray for his help. the pope says he will offer unconditional reverence and obedience of his successor. cardinals are planning to meet next week to discuss a conclave to take place. there are many questions remaining on who the candidates are. for many catholics in the bay area, they have ideas who they would like to see as the nex
leaders say those increases are unacceptable. >>> pope benedict has three more days as leader of the catholic church. he delivered a service in a packed st. peters square. he will officially step down at 8:00 p.m. on thursday. pope benedict resigns amid rumors of a sex scandal, such as gay priests being blackmailed. >>> the end of the castro era in cuba, in sight. raul castro says he plans on stepping down in 2018, which is the end of his second term. fidel castro's 81-year-old brother made the announcement sunday, shortly after the country's national assembly elected him to a second five-year term. as for a possible successor? raul castro says cuba's first vice president, miguel diaz, is part of a new generation that will provide the future leadership of that country. >>> high school administrators in grant forks, north dakota, are investigating a shocking incident. three students showed up for a state hockey tournament on friday, wearing ku klux klan-style hoods. a photo of the three was posted to twitter. generated a lot of outrage. school officials have contacted the paren
in the house. >>> and pope benedict xvi could change the rules regarding the conclave to elect his successor and is considering changing two laws established by a pope john paul ii. it would allow the conclave to begin earlier than current church laws allow. he steps down february tweet th. -- february 28th. there is nee you in focus on who the college of cardinals will select. the questions remain about when the conclave will convene. once they, do it's clear american cardinals are poised to have a big say in the final decision. jennifer davis has more. >> is he coming -- >> pope benedict xvi's last days as the leader of the catholic church are well-mapped out. there is confusion when the conclave can begin voting on his successor. he said pope benedict xvi could enact a new law to clarify the next steps. >> what will the cheap shepherd look like? judge -- the chief shepherd look like. >> reporter: the archbishop of washington will be one of the 116 cardinals choosing the next leader joining others from boston, philadelphia, new york, and chicago. >> a brand now experience for me to be a vo
of thousands of roman catholics are at the vatican this morning for benedict's last general audience as pope. >> the historic transition before benedict's formal resignation tomorrow. it's wednesday, february 27th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> and good morning, everybody. i'm diana perez. >> and i'm rob nelson. history is in the making at st. peter's square as the pope officially retires tomorrow and that's coming up in our top story. on top of that, we'll turn to northern texas where a 16-year-old driver with a stuck accelerator pedal managed to avoid crash after crash. the panicky situation with speeds up to 100 miles per hour. lucky is an understatement. >> wow. >>> also this morning, the debate over working at the office or working from home. after a surprising order from the top corporate executive. where are you the most productive? >> would you do this show from home if you could? >> in a heartbeat. actually, i do live here. >> feels like we do. >> we're here every night. >>> coming up later this half hour, chris brown and rihanna's relationship has been on and off.
point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. pope benedict and his final public farewell. 1.2 billion catholics, making his last public appearance in st. peter's square, telling tens of thousands of followers his decision to step down comes with a deep peace of mind. >> translator: i have taken this step in full awareness of the gravity, seriousness and a profound serenity in my soul. >> chief international correspondent christiane amanpour joins us live from rome this morning. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. pilgrims streaming out of st. peter's square behind me, where they gathered several hours ago for the final public audience by pope benedict xvi. he did something rather unprecedented for these what are weekly audiences. he toured around the square in his pope mobile and tens of thousands of people inside the square got a first-hand look at him. lots of waving, lots of cheering, and he delivered his blessing and talked about what it maend to take the step, you just heard him say he understood the enormity of this, the gravity of it, and the novelty of it, this is in
playing out in rome. last night here, we reported on that secret report prepared for pope benedict about the culture within the walls of the vatican. it's believed only the pope and three cardinals know what's inside. late word tonight on just what pope benedict will be called after he resigns. and so i want to bring in abc's global affairs anchor christiane amanpour in rome tonight. christiane, always great to see you. and first here, what have we learned about pope benedict once he officially steps down? >> reporter: we were told by the vatican that the pope will continue to be called benedict, he will continue to be called his holiness and given the title pope emeritus. we understand that he'll continue to wear white, but not the, you know, elaborate papal vestments. a simple white outfit that he will dispense with his signature red prada shoes and perhaps wear some brown leather shoes. and that he will live in a monastery here within the vatican. david? >> putting the red prada shoes aside. very quiet scene behind you there tonight, but tomorrow, a much different picture. >> reporter
than a month. >> pope benedict xvi addressed catholics during an emotional sendoff today. vinita nair is in vatican city where tens of thousands packed st. peter's square to witness history. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi arrived in st. peter's square for his final general audience smiling and waving from the popemobile. he spent about 15 minutes saying hellos, stopping to admire one of the youngest in the crowd. aides assisted the 85-year-old as he walked up to the platform. in a clear strong voice, the pope thank the faithful from the bottom of his heart. the holy father acknowledged his eight-year reign had rough spots saying at times that it seemed like the lord was sleeping. benedict retires tomorrow and plans to dedicate the rest of his years to prayer. >> i was deeply freightful for the understanding -- grateful for the understanding, support and prayers of so many of you. >> reporter: an estimated 150,000 people cheered and waved signs thanking the pope for his service. some wiped away tears. >> opportunity to say good-bye to someone w
for their friendship. from this point on, benedict will be known as pope emeritus continuing to wear white but without red shoes and he will have no official duties. father joseph benedict of the st. joseph's cathedral says his job during this transitional time is to help parishioners maintain the stability of their faith. >> inviting people to recognize that even in times of change and of turmoil, we remain steadfast in faith and that we can deal with these transitions and indeed all challenges of life within our faith and within our sense that god remains with us. >> it will definite ly take administrative part of the church. but in terms of believing in the lord, it doesn't change that. >> reporter: father benedict hopes that catholics consider this to be an experience in which to feel the continuity of the church and faith. there will be a special mass at 7:00 tonight here at st. joseph cathedral and it will include san jose bishop patrick mcgrath. they'll be celebrating the pope's retirement and praying for a smooth transition. we're live in san jose. i'm arturo santiago, nbc bay area news. >>> p
to expensive summer blends. $5.19. >> hopefully it doesn't head north. >>> when pope benedict xvi's resignation takes effect in eight days so will his papal pension. just what kind of retirement package does he get? about $3,500 a month. that's what the catholic church typically offers retired bishops. the vatican has not disclosed any other financial arrangements that may have been made for benedict's retirement. the london telegraph says he will have the title of bishop emeritus of rome and will resume the use of his name joseph ratzinger. >>> many children with dyslexia have difficulty reading. scientists in northwestern university found their brains interpret sounds differently. researchers found giving children listening devices that transmit their teacher's voice directly into their ears can help improve their reading skills. >>> researchers at carnegie- mellon think they have discovered who is most likely to catch a cold. scientists measure protein complexes at the ends of chromosomes and they say young and middle-aged adults with shorte
are starting to gather in rome to choose pope benedict's successor, but some catholics are demanding retired archbishop roger mahoney not attend because of his role in shielding sexually abusie ivivi priests. he said he will attend the conclave. u.s. cardinal timothy dolan will also attend the conclave. he was questioned while he was the head of the archdiocese of milwaukee. he's reportedly one of the front-runners to succeed benedict but on wednesday he wouldn't join in the speculation. >> all the cardinals are really embarrassed to talk about that, and we'd be uncomfortable talking about it. so i'll leave it at that. >> boston's cardinal sean o'malley is also reportedly on the short list. he has a reputation as a reformer in the aftermath of the priests' sex abuse scandal. >>> a lucky skier lives to tell the tale after an avalanche. he couldn't help but being smiled wheen he was rescued. he was making his last run of the day when he heard the ground moan and was buried. other skiers saw his ski pole sticking up and were able to pull him to safety. >>> and you can be one of the first to wea
to gather in rome to choose pope benedict's successor, but some catholics are demanding retired archbishop roger mahoney not attend because of his role in shielding sexually abusive priests. mahoney was the lead over the los angeles diocese and says he will attend the conclave. new york's cardinal timothy dolan will also attend the conclave. he was questioned wednesday about cases of alleged sexual abuse by priests while he was the head of the archdiocese of milwaukee. the 62-year-old cardinal is reportedly one of the front-runners to succeed benedict but on wednesday he wouldn't join in the speculation. >> all the cardinals are really embarrassed to talk about that, and we'd be uncomfortable talking about it. so i'll leave it at that. >> boston's cardinal sean o'malley is also reportedly on the short list. he has a reputation as a reformer in the aftermath of the priests' sex abuse scandal. >>> well a very lucky colorado skier lived to tell histale after being buried by an avalanche. anthony robinson said he couldn't help but smile while he was bein
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. they say his mind was as sharp as ever, even at the age of 96. >>> pope benedict is leaving it up to the cardinals of the catholic church when it comes to starting the meeting that will choose his successor. benedict changed the rules, allowing the cardinals to move up the conclave start date if all of them arrive at the vatican before the usual 15-day waiting period ends. benedict's resignation takes effect this coming thursday. >>> prosecutors in italy have asked that manslaughter charges be brought against the captain of "the costa concordia" cruise ship. francisco schettino was at the helm when the ship slammed against a reef and capsized more than a year ago. 32 people, including 2 americans, died in that accident. >>> and coming up after the break, stocks sliding yet again, just days after a historic high. >>> plus, one year later. today, a community remembers trayvon martin. >>> and meltdown, big-time. a traveler's epic tantrum at the check-in counter. all of it, yep, caught on camera. >>> welcome back, everybody. well, fresh fears are sending stocks lower this morning. wit
in the wind." >>> when pope benedict officials steps down thursday he'll take on a new title. the vatican announced this morning benedict will be called emeritus pope and will continue to wear white. 115 cardinals are expected to vote for his successor. britain's highest ranking catholic leader will not be taking part. in one of his final acts, the pope changed the rules of the meeting. allen pizzey is in vatican city. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the newest guessing game here is how soon the conclave will begin. by both law and tradition, the cardinals can't talk openly about it until one day after benedict officially leaves office. the cardinals want to get on with the job of choosing a new pope as soon as possible, according to a well-placed vatican source. a major issue plaguing them will be the sex abuse scandals. but they must be dealt with in the view of cardinal james stafford, who is too old to vote in the conclave. >> if it mean to be despised which many of us it does mean, then we accept that. >> reporter: you also have to overcome that if you want to get people bac
know what's inside. late word tonight on just what pope benedict will be called after he resigns. i want to bring in christiane amanpour in rome tonight. christiane, great to see you. and first here, what have we learned about pope benedict once he officially steps down? >> reporter: we were told by the vatican that he will continued to be called benedict, his hold willness and given the title pope emeritus. he will continue to wear white, but not the, you know, elaborate papal vestments. a simple white outfit that he will have his signature red prada shoes and wear brown leather shoes. and he will live in a monastery here within the vatican. >> putting the red prada shoes aside. very quiet scene behind you there tonight, but tomorrow, a much different picture. >> reporter: so, tens of thousands of pilgrims are expected here tomorrow, where the pope will give his final general audience. and he'll tour around this square in the pope mobile. and the next day, at 8:00 p.m. rome time, he leaves and right after that, that is when the search goes on for the new pope. >> it begins anew. ch
ago. we are closing in on another big event. pope benedict resigns on thursday. there has been a change to speed up the process of choosing his successor. we have more in this report. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi signed a special legal document today clearing the way for cardinals to move up the start date of a conclave once the papal seat is vacated. the normal 15-day transition period to start the process to choose a new point was set in 1996 by pope john paul ii and could only be changed by another pope. it was one of pope benedict's last official acts before stepping down thursday. no date has been set for the conclave to begin. >> we can expect that meeting to take place before march 1st. and we have no other information until the cardinals decide in the general congregation when the conclave will come. >> reporter: the date change comes amid the news that there will be one less cardinal voting in the conclave. cardinal keith o'brien of scotland is retiring and will not be attending. his resignation as archbishop of st. andrew's was required because he is 75 years old b
flying into the grandstands causing serious injuries. >>> pushing back. as pope benedict prepares to step down, the vatican lashes out over media reports and speculation on why he's retiring. and about some of those who might replace him. >>> and, shaking it up. on how a song makes it to the top of the charts. some say it's about time. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. we begin with a developing story from daytona beach, florida, where late this afternoon a race car smashed into the fence and sent debris flying into the grandstands. it happened on the eve of the daytona 500 on the final lap of a nationwide series race. at least a dozen people were taken to the hospital. nbc's janet shamlian is in daytona with the latest for us tonight. january the net, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you. it was a jaw-dropping multi-car crash in five-day forecast grandstand on the final lap of this race. the rookie kyle larsen's car went into the fence, his engine caught fire, then spectators say they saw large chunks of debris flying high into the stands. many say
false would if italian publications claim pope benedict decided to resign the same day he received an explosive report on a gay lobby lurking in the vatican. cnn's senior international correspondent ben wedeman is in rome. >> they are blasting in uncharacteristically strong terms, fredricka, are these reports, reports that appeared in a daily newspaper, "la repubblica" and a week live magazine panorama which suggests that indeed this group of three cardinals who were assigned by pope benedict to look into wrongdoing in the vatican found or allegedly uncovered, according to these publications a network of gay priests within the vatican who were being blackmailed according to these reports by a network of male prostitutes in rome. now, the vatican is roundly denying that these reports taking place, accusing the italian media of trying to influence the conclave, that group of 116 cardinals who will be meeting in the next few weeks in rome or rather in the vatican city to elect the next pope. fredricka in. >> in general, are people taking this report seriously throughout rome, or is th
.s. is determined not to leave syrian rebels "dangling in the wind." >>> when pope benedict steps down thursday he'll take on a new title, benedict will be caused emeritus pope and will continue to wear white. 115 cardinals are expected to vote for his successor, but britain's highest ranking catholic leader will not be taking part. in one of his final acts the pope changed the rules of their meeting, allen pizzey is in vatican city. allen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, charlie. how soon will the conclave begin? by both law and tradition the cardinals can't talk openly about it until one day after ben fikt officially leaves office. the cardinals want to get on with the job of choosing a new pope as soon as possible. major issue plaguing them will be the sex abuse scandals but they must be dealt with in the view of u.s. cardinal james staff ford stafford who is too old to vote in the conclave. >> if it means to be despised which in many ways it does mean when they accept that. >> reporter: you also have to overcome that to get people back into the church rebuild i
, but whether does not seem to be a factor. changes are being felt around the world as pope benedict xvi finishes up his last week at the vatican. at the end of this month, his official twitter account will close down. he has more than 2 million followers. it is likely he will send his last tweet every 27, the day before he leaves the vatican. the dalai lama will deliver a lecture on may 7th at the comcast center. the chairman of the lecture for peace series says the dalai lama has been a voice for compassion during turbulent times. previous addresses have been andvered by kofi annan nelson mandela. still to come, home improvements for the ravens. >> the weather pattern set up here is good for a few storms over the next week or two. >> we have a winner. a frederick county woman has come forward with the winning animated-millions ticket. she wants to remain anonymous. the jackpot was estimated at $20 million. she chose the cash option, which means she will take home about $12 million after taxes. she says she plans to retire and by a beach house. congratulations to her. earlier in the wee
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